LOS ANGELES (USA TODAY) — The inmates who escaped from a Southern California prison in 2016 filmed their escape and life on the lam as law enforcement agents engaged in a manhunt to find them.
NBC4 in Los Angeles obtained the video from a lawyer "connected to the case" of three men, who escaped from an Orange County jail in January 2016. Bac Tien Duong, CNN reported, turned himself in days after the escape. Police eventually caught up to Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu days later.
The video, NBC4 reported, was filmed on a cell phone. It contains amateur edits, a voiceover by Nayeri, and, NBC4 reports, pop music that was removed because of copyright concerns.
The video starts with news clips of their escape, followed by a black screen with the text, "So... what really happened?" That's when Nayeri introduces himself and begins to tell the story of their escape.
"My name is Adam Hossein Nayeri," he starts. "A lot of people like to credit us with some Houdini escape act all in eight minutes flat. It's an interesting myth."
The men, according to police, cut through duct work, climbed to the jail's roof and rappelled down the jail wall in order to make their escape. The video shows scenes inside the prison, a man climbing through a wall, then him on the roof and eventually scenes of the escapees on the beach and posing for photos in front of the historic Haight-Ashbury streets signs in San Francisco.
The Orange County Register reported staffing issues and mismanagement of the jail were factors in the prisoners' escape.